Billy Joel's Wrigley show on, despite death of mother

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The mother of singer-songwriter Billy Joel, who inspired him to write Rosalinda's Eyes, has died in New York at the age of 92. A spokeswoman for the award-winning singer said Rosalind Nyman Joel died Sunday on Long Island.

Billy Joel’s Wrigley Field concert scheduled for Friday will go on as planned, five days after the musician’s mother, Rosalind Nyman Joel, died on Long Island at age 92.

A local representative for concert promoter Live Nation said early Wednesday afternoon that equipment for the show was being loaded into the stadium, and the show will proceed as planned. Some tickets were still available on the Cubs’ website as of early Wednesday afternoon.

Joel’s mother, who raised him as a single mother after his father left when he was young, is the subject of the ballad “Rosalinda’s Eyes” from Joel’s 1978 album “52nd Street.” (“Hardly anyone has seen how good I am/But Rosalinda says she knows,” he sings.)

Newsday reported that she died Sunday surrounded by family and friends in hospice care.

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